For the past year and a half, the seating area attached to the Bleecker Street playground—across from the famous Magnolia Bakery—has undergone a complete renovation.
The previous design included a few tabletops with built-in chessboards and shabby green benches, but it was still a nice spot to sit and watch the Village go by. Since we walk by the park almost daily, the renovation seemed to go on forever; we mourned the loss of what was once a great place to sit and read or chat.
Just this past week the fence surrounding the park’s perimeter finally came down and residents of the West Village, along with a few cupcake eaters, were able to fully appreciate the new park along in the sunny, warm weather we’ve had.
Now, the park’s redesign adds more open space with a planting area in the middle, lots of springs blooms and an overall “updated” look with light-colored pavestones and gravel. Chaim Gross’s bronze sculpture, The Family, still remains at the edge of the park.
The park sits on the west end of Bleecker Street across from a row of luxury shops that take up the block. This location often makes for great people watching, and while the park may be full of frosting-filled tourists toting Jimmy Choo shopping bags at times, we’re mostly just happy that it’s open again at all.